H.W.H., Cowell, and new music

Nicholls, David (2008) H.W.H., Cowell, and new music Newsletter: Institute for Studies in American Music, XXXVII, (2), pp. 11-14.


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Wiley Hitchcock’s championing of Charles Ives is internationally recognized. What is perhaps less well known is that Wiley was a supporter of—and in many cases friends with—innumerable other American composers, including Virgil Thomson (whose Four Saints in Three Acts, in an edition by Wiley and Charles Fussell, is planned for publication by MUSA), John Cage, and Kyle Gann. But perhaps the American composer on whose behalf Wiley expended most energy—much of it covert, and seldom recognized through public channels—was Henry Cowell (1897–1965). Whether Wiley actually knew Cowell I am not sure; but he most certainly knew, corresponded with, supported, and honored Cowell’s widow, Sidney Robertson Cowell (1903–1995), not least in the edited compilation of her reminiscences and vignettes, A Chapbook of Cheer, which he had published privately in the year of her passing.

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Additional Information: Republished in New MusicBox (Web magazine of the American Music Center) August 1999
ISSNs: 0145-8396 (print)
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Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2009
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/67452

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